We think every wiki needs a page (called "WikiNode") that briefly describes the wiki and the top 7 or so closely related wikis. Why do you want a WikiNode on your wiki?
- It gives you a third choice: rather than letting off-topic pages accumulate (taking your wiki in a direction you don't want it to go), or deleting not-quite-on-topic pages (angering your users), you can move such a page to some other wiki where it is more on-topic.
- Sometimes people write wonderful articles that you would love to have on your wiki. But because those people didn't know about your wiki, they post their article on some other wiki, where it is not-quite-on-topic. The WikiNode network helps that person (or some other person at that wiki) find out about your wiki and move that article to your wiki -- rather than letting that wonderful article be deleted and lost forever.
current state of project Wiki-Noding
The second step, which we do not do, is to add a link from WikiIndex to the WikiNode in question. We don't do it because the boilerplate isn't useful as a WikiNode yet, until that community takes on the editing of the page. They can come to WikiIndex and link from their page to their own WikiNode once they've taken over it's care.
boilerplates and current work
- Template:Wiki-Noding - UseMod-OddMuse boilerplate – N, O, P, Q, R, T, V, W, Z remain in Category:Oddmuse – TedErnst | talk 18:13, 5 September 2006 (EDT)
- Template:Wiki-Noding - MediaWiki boilerplate
- Template:Wiki-Noding - MediaWiki boilerplate (de) – German version
- add them for your favorite engines here!
older stuff that needs to be refactored or cleaned up or something
- Add WikiNode link to the article page (if any), if not, create one on the destination site first. This step generally needs to be done for a group of related wikis before the next step below.
- There is a proposal in Proposals that is for creating future links instead of creating a WikiNode.
- Add WikiNodes of neighbors at destination site. This can be done more easily after step one, where WikiNodes are present in the group of wikis that are in view.
- Here are a couple of MediaWiki examples (would be good to add examples from each engine):
- http://www.chicagowikiarts.org/wiki/index.php?title=WikiNode (here's a minimal one without any neighbors yet, or even knowing anything about the wiki itself using Template:Wiki-Noding - MediaWiki boilerplate and Template:Wiki-Noding - UseMod-OddMuse boilerplate)
- http://www.acadine.org/w/WikiNode (note that this doesn't link back to wikiindex, so needs to be edited)
- Here is an example that is less clear:
- Toothy Cat
- Amongst several issues, this brings up how to link back to WikiIndex. If we include a pointer back to our Wiki-Node, does that mean that we have to include them in our neighbor listing? Or should we just link back to the project? If we don't know of other wikis that would be included on the wiki node, should we hold off on creating one for a wiki? or not? Best, MarkDilley | talk
- Toothy Cat
I don't understand either of these 2 pages:
Do they have a purpose, or were they accidentally created? --DavidCary 13:09, 3 March 2009 (EST)
- David, it looks like Sean and Smiddle were trying to do something, but I can't figure it out either. MarkDilley